Behind The Blog featuring Hatsy from Nearly A Princess…

Nearly A Princess

Howdy Beauty Buddies…

Firstly, a huge big thank you from the bottom of my socks for all the love on yesterdays feature: My Everyday Makeup. It seems you lovely lot really enjoy checking out what the everyday staples in fellow bloggers beauty stashes are just as much as I do…. particularly if it’s a pocket friendly stash 😉

However onto our final blogger of the week and I’m chuffed to bits to introduce y’all to the very lovely Hatsy who joins us on the virtual sofa today to chat about life behind the scenes of her budding beauty & lifestyle blog Nearly A Princess. Check out her super cute story of how her blog name came to be – it’s a sweetie 🙂 And of course, don’t forget to pop over and say hello… she’s such a chatty blogger who loves meeting & greeting new blog chums so a warm welcome most definitely awaits you!

Okay, enough from me! Get yourself comfy and grab a cuppa as we take a peek Behind The Blog

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In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog:

(Gosh, this is hard!) Beauty, lifestyle and blogging tips. (Darn it, I was hoping to be a bit more creative than that…)

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What inspired you to start blogging?

Probably my friend Asha from Miss Asha Blog… when she showed me her blog I instantly wanted to start one and after a bit of fiddling around with WordPress, my blog was born. I also loved watching YouTube, and since I’m not really a natural in front of the camera, blogging was my next best option.

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Tell us about your blog name… what made you decide on it?

I talked about this in a post once so I’ll just summarise it. When I was about 6 or 7 I went to my best friend’s house so we could watch this Barbie movie. I think it was called Barbie Princess Charm School. After watching it, my friend and I tried to balance a book on our heads like the princesses in the movie. I was horrible. But my friend (being the epic person she was) told me that I was her princess anyways, and for some reason the event stuck to me and I loved the sound of ‘Nearly A Princess’ so I made that my all around anonymous Internet handle.

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Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block & if so how do you overcome it?

I actually don’t! Am I weird? (I also never wet my toothbrush before brushing my teeth which is another way people can’t trust me.) I find that it’s best to have huge brainstorming sessions and always keep a notebook with you to write ideas down in.

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What’s your favourite post to date? *please include link*

This is hard to answer. My favourite post to ever publish would have been my post announcing that I was writing an album (https://nearlyaprincess.wordpress.com/2016/02/07/want-to-help-me-write-an-album/), because, you know, it was a pretty big deal for me! But my favourite post that was a legit post (content wise, not announcements) is probably one of my posts 50 Open Ended Words To Give You Ideas (https://nearlyaprincess.wordpress.com/2016/01/17/50-open-ended-words-for-ideas/). I got a lot of traffic on it and everyone seemed to really enjoy it!

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

I tend to just wear really simplistic things like striped shirts and denim jeans, but I guess you could describe it as an urban girl look. I love to dress up and stuff, but for me I just love boots and t-shirts so urban is my main style.

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

I’m currently loving:

Rimmel London Liquid Mousse Foundation

Numtrimetics Apple Fresh Toner

NIVEA Soft Refreshingly Soft Moisturising Cream

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How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?

Check up on all of my notifications and leave some comments of other blogs. Then I repeat. The listen to music. Then I repeat. Can you tell that my iPad is my baby?

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

On Saturdays I go from Saturday sport (generally 8:30-9:30 am) to Saturday School (10am-12pm) and then to my triple threat class (1pm-4:30pm) and then I catch the train to Starbucks for a bit before heading home and making it home by about 5:30pm. Obviously that’s a big day (for me anyways) so I always just plonk myself in front of the TV with some warm milk and honey and binge watch all the shows I recorded throughout the day. I always sleep very well that night!

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What do you do to relax?

Sometimes I stop by at a café that sells really nice Blue Heaven Milkshakes and then go window shopping along my favourite outlet street. Other times I just write blog posts on my iPad and watch a bunch of TV. It changes!

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

I know this is so unoriginal it’s not funny (I love being original, even in circumstances like this, my dad says I’m on the road to becoming a hipster, haha), but I am a HUGE procrastinator. Just now I’m crying in my own head because I didn’t do my Humanities homework and my teacher is going to kill me. Yay.

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

Oh goodness, how do I answer this? I guess my main childhood memory (I think it’s my earliest memory, to be honest) would be meeting my little brother for the first time when he was born. I was three at the time, and all I remember was holding him for the first time and Mum buying me lots of white Lindt Chocolate, which sparked my love of that particular kind.

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What was your favourite school subject?

I’m actually still in school, and my favourite subject is probably either Design or RE. I score really high in all of those subjects and I have some really great teachers. To be honest, having good teachers makes all the difference.

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What’s your dream job?

I’d love to continue as a blogger, as I love doing something I’m good at (writing!) and I’ve met some amazing people. As my hobbies have faded in and out, I’ve never gotten sick of blogging and it definitely NEVER feels like work.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I don’t really know how to answer this question. I’ll be eighteen, so I would still be in high school and I’d just be studying for my IB exams (my dad is making me do IB, so doing the state exams, VCE, is out of the question). I guess I just can see myself working as hard as I can in every subject and getting some good marks. After that, I just want to do something that makes me happy… and of course, if I’m still blogging that would be awesome!

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

I have a bucket list with 50 things on it (I’ve currently completed seven… I think) so I’ll just pick my favourites. I really want to watch Dan and Phil live on their tour should they come to Australia, go to at least one live concert with Brendon Urie in it, one day become a backing dancer for a live concert (preferably with Brendon Urie in it, who are kidding here), go to GoodLife (can you tell I LOVE live performances?!) and to finish writing my album (and possibly write more in the future).

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

Probably when I got accepted into something I really wanted to get into and was incredibly hard to do so. I was really nervous and was pretty sure I wasn’t going to make it but I did!

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Who inspires you?

Probably Melanie Martinez and Halsey. I know that the stuff they sing about isn’t exactly something to aspire to (dying children and drugs… hmmm…) but I just love how they are so confident in what they are and how they want to express themselves and it’s made them famous and successful musical artists. Melanie Martinez also was very resilient as even after she lost The Voice she continued to make her own music and still did an amazing job. It just shows that you don’t have to be labelled as ‘the best’ to be one of the best.

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

Oh, it changes all the time! I think the main one (at the moment) would probably be either an actual ‘quote’- ‘be sure to taste your words before you spit them out’ by who knows what- or some song lyrics. The lyrics aren’t ‘inspirational’ as such, but more just cool and fun- ‘we could be immortals, but not for long’ or ‘you can set yourself on fire but you’re never gonna burn’- by Fall Out Boy and Panic! At The Disco respectively.

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What top tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting their own blog?

  • Start on WordPress.org! Seriously. I started on WordPress.com instead of WordPress.org and I kick myself for doing so, and now I can’t really move to WordPress.org, even though I really want to. If you start with WordPress.com, sure it’s free, but you are virtually owned by WordPress unless you pay the ‘oh so small’ fee of $130 a year. At least. If you gain a large fanbase on WordPress.com, then want to move to WordPress.org, it is so hard to direct all your followers over there and you lose a lot of readers. You cannot use any of your own custom designs, plug ins or any other form of personalization unless you either go to WordPress.org or pay the fee on WordPress.com (and even then, the options on paid WordPress.com is limited). JUST DO IT FOR THE SAKE OF EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL! XD
  • Find other blogs in your niche and reach out, whether you just comment regularly or do a collaboration etc. People are more likely to find your blog this way- no-one’s just going to ‘come and find you’. Soz.

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS: (Oh yay, quick fire! I’m gonna time myself.)

Tea or Coffee = Both!

Coke or Pepsi = Pepsi

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Super organised

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = Playful puppy for sure!

Night In or Night Out = HOW DO I CHOOSE? YOU CAN’T DO THAT TO ME.

Heels or Flats = Flats

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Both

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Alternative ape??? Haha I’m all about alternative so I guess it’s more Rock Chick.

Paperback or E-book = Paperback all the way!

**Oh and answering all those questions took 1 minute 45 seconds.**

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Contact Hatsy:

Blog: www.nearlyaprincess.wordpress.com

Album: https://nearlyaprincess.wordpress.com/2016/02/07/want-to-help-me-write-an-album/

Contact: https://nearlyaprincess.wordpress.com/contact/

Don’t forget: If you would like your blog featured on Behind The Blog then get in touch via the contact page by clicking *here*, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks so much for reading & of course do say hi in the comments below… we adore a good chatter here on Confetti & Curves

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Behind The Blog featuring Chloe from CNM Beauty…

CNM Beauty

Somehow over the weekend May just happened. Here we are, a new month and summer fast approaching. It feels like the year is passing by in a blink and yet I’ve still so much to achieve on my 2016 ‘To Do’ list. Anyone else with me? However having that one little day off yesterday really helped to clear up a few of the things I’ve been meaning to do for quite some time – including heaps of organising. Which reminds me, if you missed yesterday’s post and are on the hunt for a new home to store your make-up stash then check out Bargain Acrylic Makeup Storage Finds. There’s a few nifty little options to help house a host of beauty goodies!

Talking of beauty, I’ve another talented blog buddy to introduce y’all too today as the gorgeous Chloe from CNM Beauty joins us for a quick chatter about her flourishing beauty & lifestyle blog. Cat lover & chocolate craver with a passion for all things beauty is how Chloe describes herself… sounds like your kinda blogger? Then why not check out her online haven for yourself, right after you’ve caught up with her her fun-filled interview below of course!!

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In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog:

Beauty, reviews, skincare, tips and opinions

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What inspired you to start blogging?

I started watching beauty YouTube videos a long time ago and I have always wanted to do something like that, but never had the confidence to start making videos. So I decided to create a blog instead and instantly loved it.

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Tell us about your blog name… what made you decide on it?

Well, my actual blog address is ‘chloemartinn’ but I decided to keep it and give my blog a little nickname instead, which is ‘CNMbeauty’. I kept ‘chloemartinn’ as my address because that is my username on social media like Instagram and Twitter, so it just makes things easier.

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Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block & if so how do you overcome it?

Yes, I did suffer from it a couple of weeks ago but I keep a little list on my phone of potential posts I could do, so they always gets me back into it. Also, I always find that going on Instagram helps to motivate me and give me new ideas.

My Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chloemartiinn/

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What’s your favourite post to date? 

Most probably the post about ‘Hair-do and don’ts – Collab with Madison Reed’. This is because it was the first ever collab I did on my blog and it was so exciting!

https://chloemartinn.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/hair-do-and-donts-collab-with-madison-reed/

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

I love my Black Topshop Joni Jeans, so if you ever see me then I’ll probably be wearing those. Also, I like to switch up my shoes, from high boots to flats. I think my everyday clothes style would be simple, comfy but with a splash of colour!

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

Mac – New York Apple lipstick

Review on my blog-

https://chloemartinn.wordpress.com/2016/01/16/new-york-apple-mac-lipstick/

No7 Stay Perfect Primer

Review on my blog-

https://chloemartinn.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/n7-stay-perfect-primer-review/

Spectrum Highlighter Brush

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How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?

A big bar of chocolate, my duvet, the TV and maybe a few cuddles from my boyfriend.

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

Lots of food (especially Chinese!) and watching ‘Take Me Out’ on television.

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What do you do to relax?

I like to have a nice bath or shower, do a face mask and paint my nails.

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

Mine is not too often but sometimes I get really lazy when it comes to taking off my makeup. Some days I love doing it but others I just don’t want to, and end up taking it all off with a makeup wipe (which I know is bad!)…

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

This is a hard one… but it probably has to be when my family got our first dog, which we still have! And we have another dog now too, oh and two cats!

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What was your favourite school subject?

Well, I am still in Sixth Form so I’ll tell you my favourite subject from GCSE and then my favourite from A-Levels. My favourite GCSE subject was either business or music, and for A-Levels I think it is English Language.

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What’s your dream job?

I never know how to answer this question because I honestly don’t know. I’m not sure if I want to go to University yet or just start to get a job somewhere. It’s a tricky one!

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully in a job that I enjoy, in a nice house and in a happy relationship J

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

Skydive

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

Have a beauty/makeup room in my house

Go to Pairs

Have a shopping spree in New York

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

When I was in year 11 I achieved my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, I wish I did silver and Gold but it is a lot to cope with, along with GCSE’s and Sixth Form.

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Who inspires you?

Lots of people inspire me, when I started Sixth Form I made sure to surround myself with people that inspire me and support me. But if we are talking about who inspires me to do my blog then it would be people like Tanya Burr, Inthefrow and Niomi Smart.

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

I’m not really sure if it’s inspirational but my dad always says this to me – “If you don’t ask, you don’t get”

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What top tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting their own blog?

Just be yourself, don’t be scared to create a blog, come up with a great blog username, have a good camera, find people who have similar blogs to yours and make new friends, I’m always around for a chat!

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = Neither! 

Coke or Pepsi = Coke

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Super organised

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = Cute kitten

Night In or Night Out = Night in

Heels or Flats = Heels

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Lip gloss

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Rock chick

Paperback or E-book = Paperback

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Contact Chloe:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chloemartiinn

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chloemartiinn/

Blog: https://chloemartinn.wordpress.com/

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/10956397152942487814

Gmail: Chloemartin863@gmail.com

Don’t forget: If you would like your blog featured on Behind The Blog then get in touch via the contact page by clicking *here*, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks so much for reading & of course do say hi in the comments below… we adore a good chatter here on Confetti & Curves

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Behind The Blog featuring Tessa from Bubbles & Macaroons…

Bubbles and Macaroons

Howdy beauty chums…

As per usual a big thanks to all who checked out yesterdays post: Nail Stamping Kit For Beginners! I have to say it’s always pretty weird filming from an angle that I’m not in view, as my hands seem to do most of the talking in this one 😀 Nevertheless you guys left some awesome comments! I do hope all you manicure addicts interested in cheering up the claws with some fun nail art give it a go. It’s such an affordable little kit, and one that’ll undoubtedly start a whole obsession with collecting exciting nail & stamping goodies. So if you haven’t checked it out then why not pop over and see just how easy peasy it is to dress up your digits 🙂

However, it’s time to prep the virtual sofa yet again as we welcome our second blogger of the week… it’s the gorgeous Tessa from Bubbles and Macaroons! How cute is that blog name? Apart from having as sweet a name as she is, Tessa is an avid beauty blogger and cosmetic craver who loves to fill our news feeds with fabulous news, reviews and great make-up looks to help inspire! So if you haven’t’ already popped over to get acquainted her virtual haven then get clicking gals – of course not before we take a quick peek Behind The Blog…

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In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog:

Readers can expect beauty looks, reviews, tips, inspiration and fun!

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What inspired you to start blogging?

At first, my blog was a project in my journalism studies. I am now in my second year and the lecturers encouraged us to start an online project in any medium with the thing you love the most. I always loved writing and make-up and fashion is my biggest passion. I took some beauty classes a couple of years ago, which explains my knowledge. Now, my blog has grown out to be my own place. Blogging really relaxes me, and I can write about the things I love the most.  I am inspired to work more everyday so it turns out into a professional blog!

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Tell us about your blog name… what made you decide on it?

Bubbles and macaroons, yes it looks a bit random, which it was at the time I created my blog! My blogname was literally something that popped into my head at the moment I was building my site. I just decided to roll with it. The only thing I knew was that I wanted something that featured two things so the “and” factor was a necessity. It also had to be English. I am actually a Belgian, so I speak Dutch in everyday life! I love to blog in English because it allows me more, and my network can be bigger than just Belgians and Dutchies. Right now, I actually like my name, ha ha!

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Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block & if so how do you overcome it?

I am lucky to have never experience Blogger’s Block before. I had writer’s block before (as a journalism student) but I never had it on my blog! I see a lot of things around me and then I think: “that should be a good post.” Tips for posts I use are looking into the seasons. What events are happening right now? What does the season require? Usually something pops up then. Another way to overcome it is to read magazines like Elle or Vogue, or watch some YouTube videos. Pinterest helps as well.

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What’s your favourite post to date? 

That’s a really hard question! I had fun creating every single post that is up on my blog right now, so it is hard to choose. I guess I’ll have to go with my carnival make-up post. There were no borders creating the look since it was carnival. Creativity was the main focus in that post! You can check it out here: https://tessadewolf.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/my-carnival-make-up/

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

I would have to go with preppy college student. I love this style so much and when in store, I tend to reach for preppy clothing the most. I have other things as well, but mostly this style. It makes me feel confident, classy and successful. And you know what they say: a well-dressed woman is a successful woman! Oh well, everything can help, right?

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

My absolute number one is the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. I take it with me to the student house, on holidays, friends,… I love the shades and you can use the palette for any occasion! Number 2 would have to be the Yves Saint Laurent Touche éclat foundation. It is such a healthy looking foundation and it looks so natural. I use the smallest pump possible and distribute it all over my face to freshen up my complexion. Number 3 is the Maybelline Brow Drama brow gel. I cannot go without filling in my eyebrows and with this product you are ready in 10 seconds! The product lasts forever as well.

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How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?

I like to take a long hot shower and then watch some Netflix in bed. Netflix is essential in my life!

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

Since I go out with my friends on Friday night, Saturday is usually a stay-in evening. I study late, because I am a perfectionist, and after that, my parents and I go out for some delicious food and watching tv together, while my dearest friend Sammie (the cat) sleeps in between us.

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What do you do to relax?

Same thing as I said above, Netflix is my life guys, it literally is. Ha ha! Who’s with me?

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

I have the bad habit of staying up wayyyy too late and then waking up wayyyy too late in the morning. I just can’t get myself in bed before 11:30. In the morning it is same but the other way around. I just sleep too long. My rhythm is just totally confused! (Let’s blame it on the student life). I tend to make any appointments I need to go to in the morning, so I have to wake up early, like I have to for morning classes at college.

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

That’s a hard one, because I had a very nice childhood, so it is hard to pick just one. Maybe I pick the first time I went to Disneyland. I was about nine years old and we were already on a vacation in France where I made some friends, we played on the beach and had the best time. When my parents dropped the bomb that we were going to Disneyland, my summer couldn’t go wrong!

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What was your favourite school subject?

I really liked history. At college I still have a lot of history, since journalists need to know what is happening and happened around the world. I love the stories and most of the times, I try to imagine what it was like to live in that specific period.

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What’s your dream job?

I would love to be a successful journalist at a womens’ magazine like Vogue or Elle. Then I would be doing the things I love the most as a job! Writing, taking pictures and talking about beauty and fashion.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Ideal, I would have successful job and met the love of my life. More realistic, I hope to still work at a nice place and have my own apartment or something!

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

Traveling, a lot!

Visit Thailand

Visit Dubai

Go to the ABC islands

A roadtrip through America

Start my own beauty and fashion magazine

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

I would have to go with passing my first year in journalism college without any retests. Here in Belgium, it is very common to have so, so I was very proud to pass without them!

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Who inspires you?

I am much inspired by a lot of beautyguru’s on Youtube. They inspired me to start this blog as well!

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

I do not really have a favourite, mostly “positive and get things done”-quotes are my favourites!

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What top tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting their own blog?

Do not overthink. Just do what you like and see your blog as your own personal space where you can put your own thoughts. If somebody doesn’t like it, well then just click the close button. Your blog is your space in the first place, so you should be your number one fan and be proud of it. That’s my golden rule!

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = Coffee for the win!

Coke or Pepsi = Definitely Coke

Messy mayhem or Super Organised =Super organised

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = Cute kitten (crazy catloveralert!)

Night In or Night Out = Night out! You are just one time in young in your life, right?

Heels or Flats =Heels, because I am so short, haha

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Lipstick

Rock Chick or Pop Princess =Pop princess

Paperback or E-book = Paperback

Contact Tessa:

 

I would love it if you check out my blog! You can find the link here: www.tessadewolf.wordpress.com

Instagram: @dewolftessa

Twitter: @dewolftessa

Pinterest: @dewolftessa

Facebook: Bubbles and macaroons blog

“I would like to thank Karen for this lovely opportunity. I am so thankful for her to let me fill in this interview, it means a lot! My blog is still very small, so I am happy with every support I get. Karen, you are amazing! Xoxo, Tessa”

**Thanks sooo much for the kind words Tessa ❤ Such a pleasure having you feature & getting to know more about you! Keep up the awesome blogging work 🙂

Don’t forget: If you would like your blog featured on Behind The Blog then get in touch via the contact page by clicking *here*, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks so much for reading & of course do say hi in the comments below… we adore a good chatter here on Confetti & Curves

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Behind The Blog featuring Traci-Ann Loves…

Traci Ann Loves

Hey Beauty Buddies,

Arriving home from work yesterday I was so moved to find quite a few of you had emailed such kind words of support in relation to my intro on Sundays Keeping Up With Karen. Can’t thank y’all enough for such caring messages – you all know who you are & I couldn’t be more grateful to have such an awesome bunch supporting me. And just while I’m dishing out the compliments… thanks so much to all who checked out yesterday’s post Makeup Revolution Iconic 2: Metallic Eyes. Some of you gals are really eager to invest in it & I’m pretty sure you’ll love it as much as I do! Don’t forget you can buy it in Superdrug or online if you’re an international customer or someone who prefers to shop from your comfy arm chair!

However onto today’s post & I’m beyond delighted to introduce y’all to one of my loveliest blog buddies… the gorgeous Traci Ann from Traci-Ann Loves. Apart from sharing a mad obsession with eye shadows, Traci-Ann is one of those bloggers I just instantly clicked with. She’s funny, sassy, knows her cosmetics, regularly stops by for fun beauty chatter & is always super duper supportive & encouraging. It’s blog buddies like Traci-Ann that I consider a friend I’ve yet to meet! So if you haven’t check out her fabulous corner of the interweb then get yourself over pronto & say a huge hello, you’ll not regret it 🙂

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In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog:

Honesty, humour, makeup, ramblings & stuff!

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What inspired you to start blogging?

I originally had a closed facebook group for my friends where I shared beauty tips and let them know of the latest products and sales. This developed into a public facebook page and from there a blog. I still have my facebook page and now have Twitter and Instagram which I use a lot. I also have Pinterest, Google + and Bloglovin’ which I don’t really get if I am honest but I am working on it!

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Tell us about your blog name… what made you decide on it?

I am currently on my third blog name! In January 2015 t was originally Tip-tastic TAS as I gave tips and my initials are TAS. This changed to Traci-Ann Blogs in October 2015 to make my blog name more personal. This then changed to Traci-Ann Loves… in January 2016 as I wanted to start doing YouTube videos and just wanted one name to suit all. I am hoping that this is it and I don’t change my mind again…changing everything over to a new name is a nightmare! Lol!

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Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block & if so how do you overcome it?

I do! If I am blocked I just don’t write and wait for inspiration to strike. I read a lot and peruse the internet as well as consider my current interests…usually inspiration will strike when I least suspect it! My blog is my hobby and not my job so it doesn’t matter if I don’t post for a few days or a week or so. I take breaks when I feel like it and definitely don’t feel pressured to have a schedule or post my content to a specific time frame.

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What’s your favourite post to date? 

I don’t have a favourite as I don’t post anything I don’t like. One of my posts that is my readers’ favourite and still gets hits every day, more so than any other blog post I have written, is ‘Decluttering the Blusher Drawer’ http://traciannloves.co.uk/2015/04/12/decluttering-the-blusher-drawer/  I am planning a decluttering series with some blog posts and YouTube videos which hope that people will love as much as they do this post. I am desperate to declutter so I am quite excited to get started!

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

I have three main styles. My ‘I’m off to work, look at my totally unflattering uniform’ style. My ‘I am not leaving the house and yes I will wear PJs all day’ style. And the other days where I always wear a dress (as I am too lazy to choose matching coordinates), tights and pretty shoes or boots.

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

  1. Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer. This stuff it just brilliant and covers everything without caking up. If I can’t be bothered to wear foundation I just splodge this randomly around my face and blend and it does the job just fine!
  2. Lipstick! Any super opaque bold and bright lipstick…and coordinating lip liner of course! It finishes off any look just perfectly.
  3. Face oil. I just cannot get enough and literally drench myself in it on a night. I am yet to try mixing it with foundation but YouTube assures me this is something I really need to do!

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How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?

A bath and a bit of Netflix usually sorts me out. I love the LUSH bubble bars and I am currently watching Pretty Little Liars, The Goodwife, Reign, Homeland and Vampire Diaries on Netflix.

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

I would pop out for an early dinner with friends, have a drink or two then go home nice and early, change into my PJs and curl up in front of the TV to watch Saturday night TV or Netflix. 🙂

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What do you do to relax?

I watch Netflix, surf the web and catch up on reading posts from the bloggers I follow. I LOVE NETFLIX!!! 🙂

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

I pick at the skin on my lips and bite the inside of my mouth. I am also the queen of procrastination…it’s amazing how clean my house becomes when I have a project to complete or uni work to do! 😉

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What was your favourite school subject?

I am afraid that I didn’t like school at all! I tolerated it and passed the exams I needed to pass very averagely…but there was nothing that I actually liked doing. One of my most hated subjects was computer studies…I know right! This was back in the day when Windows was a mere twinkle in the everyday computer user’s eye and computers had black screens with green writing. I had a dot matrix printer and learnt ‘go to’ programming…I only managed to scrape an E in my high school exams and I vowed never to use a computer ever again! Lol!

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What’s your dream job?

I love the job I currently have! I am an occupational therapist and I work with people with brain injuries. It is a challenge that makes me laugh and cry in equal measure but I wouldn’t change it for anything. I would really love to win the lottery and spend the money on setting up a specialist rehabilitation unit as my client group have very limited choices when they leave hospital. I absolutely adore blogging but it really is a hobby for me…a space where I can totally turn off from work and do something totally fun and just for me.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I hope that I will have finished my MSc degree. I am currently doing it alongside a full-time job which is really hard.

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

I have never thought of a bucket list so I’m making this up as I go along!

  1. Win the lottery – not sure if this is really bucket list material but a girl’s gotta dream!
  2. Buy a house – run-of-the-mill for some people but this is a biggie for me!
  3. Own a really massive car with ginormous wheels – because why not!
  4. Travel the world for as long as I want and not have to worry about money. J
  5. Write a book. Subject tbc! Lol!

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

Passing my driving test on the 5th attempt! It is one thing I feel the proudest of as I did not let failure stand in my way! My academic achievements are great, I got a first class degree, a bit of a change from my mediocre school grades, but nothing beats the freedom a driving licence gives me.

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Who inspires you?

People who are fearless and who do not take no for an answer when trying to achieve something.

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What top tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting their own blog?  

Consider your reasons for starting as this will determine the shape and style of your blog. If it’s just a hobby like mine then just hop onto WordPress, get started and figure it out as you go along. If you want your blog to make money and be your job…well I can’t really help you there but I am sure some sort of plan and strategy is in order to make that work.

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = tea

Coke or Pepsi = Pepsi

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = super organised

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = playful puppy

Night In or Night Out = night in

Heels or Flats = flats

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = lipstick

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = rock chick

Paperback or E-book = e-book

Social Media Contact Details/Links including blog address:

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You can find Traci-Ann at:

Blog: Traci-Ann Loves… https://traciannloves.co.uk

Twitter: @traciannloves https://twitter.com/traciannloves

Instagram: traciannloves https://www.instagram.com/traciannloves/

Facebook: Traci-Ann Loves https://www.facebook.com/traciannblogs/

YouTube: Traci-Ann Loves https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjfTLvk834D81Om60JdSHaw

Bloglovin’: Traci-Ann Loves https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/traci-ann-loves-14656797

Pinterest: Traci-Ann Loves… https://uk.pinterest.com/traciannloves/traci-ann-loves/

Google+: Traci-Ann Loves https://plus.google.com/118350767601863812217

Don’t forget: If you would like your blog featured on Behind The Blog then get in touch via the contact page by clicking *here*, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks so much for reading & of course do say hi in the comments below… we adore a good chatter here on Confetti & Curves

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Easy Peasy Ombre Nail Art…

Ombre Nail Art Tutorial

It’s not just my make-up that’s getting a bit of an overhaul in terms of breaking out the colourful shades – it’s my nails too! After months of hiding under dark polishes (which I admittedly adore) I seem to recently be magnetising towards bright cheery colours, combined with eccentric nail art – which is exactly what I aiming for with this fun nail design. So if you love sassy ombre tones and wild prints then check out this easy peasy tutorial!

1) Blank Canvas…

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Starting off with the basics, it’s time to clean, prep and file the nails. Remember, when you’re filing the natural nail to sweep in one direction only to avoid any damage… my nails aren’t in tip-top condition at the moment so it really helps to deter any further nail catastrophes.

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2) Pick Your Polishes…

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Time to raid your stash for a selection of sassy shades. I’ve opted for bright spring colours that will hopefully give a bit of a sunset look during the ombre fading. However you can stick with multiple shades of the one colour, darks, neons, brights, pastels… the only limitations is your own creativity 😉

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3) All About The Base…

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In order to make the colours of your ombre effect stand out more vivid, it’s best to paint your nails in a white base coat. This doesn’t have to look finish perfect – it’s simply a base to brighten up the layers you’ll be adding on top!

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4) The Sponge…

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Ideally the best sponge to use is a wedge shaped sponge, however as I didn’t have any in stock (hehe) I opted for a basic circular sponge which I cut into quarters so I could easily get a few uses out of one sponge.

Ps: This could be a great way to make use of old beauty blenders that you’re ready to bin – just make sure they’re cleaned out really well and completely dry before applying polishes.

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5) The Fun Bit...

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The great thing I love about this look is that you really don’t need any expertise in nail art, it’s just a matter of layering the polishes onto your sponge and dabbing straight onto the nail. Easy peasy! If you’re unsure about how the colours will look try it sampling it on a false nail first… you can even buy little packs of falsies from a local discount store just to play around with some design ideas. In order to help your ombre fade out more, try dabbing your sponge lightly on the nail a few times to create a softer blend.

Ps: Just dab a cotton bud into some nail polish remover to wipe away the excess polish!

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6) The Finishing Touches…

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Naturally gals, your ombre will look absolutely gawjush if you just simply settle for adding a clear top coat. However if you do fancy adding a little bit of extra detail then why not invest in a nail stamping kit! They’re incredibly easy to use & you can create some really fun designs. You can find them on Amazon, Ebay or pretty much any beauty/nail art store. Most kits come with a stamper and selection of plates with funky designs you can stamp straight over the top of your polish. I opted for a fun animal print… okay so I might have gone a little bit stamper crazy but it’s definitely added character to my nail art!

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Taaa Daa….

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And here it is, the finished look… a sassy sunset ombre nail with a fun animal stamp in black polish straight over the top. I’ve also added a few coats of clear polish to ensure durability & extra wear!

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Are you a fan of ombre nails? What colours would you opt for? Have you tried a nail stamping kit? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say a quick howdy 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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Behind The Blog featuring Simply Shanice….

Simply Shanice

Hey beauty buddies…

Firstly, a super duper big thank you to all who checked out yesterday’s post Contouring with L’Oreal Infallible Sculpt… your fab comments & lashings of support were much appreciated, particularly as it was my first time rolling up the sleeves to give contouring a go. I have to admit that little L’Oreal kit made it incredibly easy-peasy for a beginner like myself. So if contouring is something you’re still aiming to get to grips with then definitely check it out – I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed ladies 🙂

However as another weekend races towards us, it’s that time of the week to plump up the cushions on the virtual sofa and welcome yet another blossoming blogger on board. Today I have the gorgeous Shanice joining me from Simply Shanice, as she stops to chat about life behind the scenes of her beauty, fashion & lifestyle blog! With a virtual haven crammed full of super chic posts, news & reviews this is definitely one blogger you need to check out. Don’t forget to pop over & say a huuuuge hello. I’m pretty certain you’ll adore her blog just as much as the rest of us do!

You know the drill by now chums; time to grab your cuppa & settle down as we take a peek Behind The Blog

shanice

In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog:

Humorous, beauty, fashion & lifestyle posts

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What inspired you to start blogging?

Well , I saw what other bloggers post about and I thought “I can do that” and “I wonder would people be interested in what my life looks like” — It’s still a work in progress

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Tell us about your blog name… what made you decide on it?

I wanted it to be about me and my life, and I figured Simply Shanice is pretty much to the point. I also think it’s a name that I can stick with “forever” 🙂

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Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block & if so how do you overcome it?

Not really Blogger’s Block because I have so many ideas every day but more like “I don’t want to go out and do it” mood.. Being a flight attendant is kind of tough so when I have a day off it’s hard to get motivated. I’m working on it though!

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What’s your favourite post to date?

My MAC lipstick collection post probably because I tried to make it super detailed 🙂

http://damascenesnf.com/2015/09/05/mac-lipstick-collection-lip-swatches/#more-668

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

It depends on my mood. I’m one of those converse 1 day heels the next day type of girls. (I’m also from Ireland so if you see me in the supermarket looking like a homeless person in joggers with a messy bun just remember I don’t know any better it’s our uniform back home! 😀

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

YSL “shocking” mascara (my absolute HG), MAC lipstick in “D for danger”, EOS lip balms (my lips are currently in rehab)

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How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?

Cup of tea or hot chocolate, my series online (atm super stoked about The walking dead, Vampire diaries AND American Horror story starting all within a week! It’s like Christmas came early this year! 😀 And my big boned (we want to be nice about it) Labrador at my feet.

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

Out for dinner with my boyfriend and then straight home for a chill couch and movie night. I like to go out for dinner and during the day, but I’m not a Club kind of girl.

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What do you do to relax?

I’d like to say take a bath but I don’t really like baths. It’s like as soon as I get in I’m over it 😀 I’d say I look at furniture magazines/websites or watch movies to relax.

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

I am extremely inpatient. I need everything done immediately otherwise I feel like everything will be stressful and messy.

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

Well I don’t really have all that many but one memory I still cherish is when me and my aunty dressed up in the same outfits and made a dance choreography which we then performed in front of my family. Our dance group was called SHALA btw (Shanice & Laura) 😀 We had so much fun!

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What was your favourite school subject?

Probably art class, although I did like business as well when I got older. Again, I’m really a mix of opposites when it comes to everything in life.

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What’s your dream job?

My absolute dream job would be to become a professional blogger/stay-at-home dog mom 😀 However Event Manager or Interior Designer would also make me happy!

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully in a big house with my boyfriend and dog, doing something that I love and makes me happy.

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

Be more confident (No idea how one can ever cross that off the bucket list)

Blog more about personal things (my life and what i want not what i think people want)

Go to Paris,Amsterdam, India, Thailand, Maldives and New York (all planned in 2016)

Get my drivers licence (I know, I know, but the theory is like more than 1000 questions!)

Use my days off to actually get out and do things that make me happy

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

I think probably getting this job as a flight attendant. I got it by myself without the help of anyone and it changed my life. I started travelling a lot, paying my own bills, moved in to my own apartment basically became independent because of it.

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Who inspires you?

My grandmother. She raised me, she has been through so much in her life and managed to stay positive. Managed to be happy and see the good in everything and everyone. She never complains about anything. She still travels from Hungary 8 hours on the bus to come and watch our dog when we go on holiday. She is the best person i have ever met in my entire life, I admire her and I aspire to become just like her one day. (Wipes tears away)

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be” -William Shakespeare

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.What top tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting their own blog?

DO IT! It doesn’t matter what you want to blog about just start your blog and start writing or posting your photos. Try your best to do it for you. (that’s something I’m working on)

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = Tea all the way baby

Coke or Pepsi = Coke (slight addiction there I admit)

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = Super Organised (borderline OCD I shall say)

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = playful puppy

Night In or Night Out = Night in but Day out?

Heels or Flats = Both!

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Lip Stick

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Hipster Mixed Tomboy-Princess ? Deal?

Paperback or E-book = Paperback (nothing could ever replace the smell and feel of a new book)

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Contact Shanice:

BLOG: http://damascenesnf.com 

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/damascenesnf?ref=aymt_homepage_panel 

INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/shaniceflorea/ 

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/DamasceneSNF 

Don’t forget: If you would like your blog featured on Behind The Blog then get in touch via the contact page by clicking *here*, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks so much for reading & of course do say hi in the comments below… we adore a good chatter here on Confetti & Curves

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Behind The Blog featuring Sarah from Alisvolatpropriis…

Alisvolatpropriis

As always, a mahhoosive thank you to all who checked out yesterday’s post TheMakeup Menu: First Impressions. Some of your comments really made me smile… and giggle!! That’s what I love so much about blogging – regardless of how tough my day has been, you guys really know how to cheer me up at the end of it all! So thank you, all your support is much appreciated and never goes unnoticed ❤ What an encouraging community we have here – it really is fabulous, wouldn’t you agree ladies? 🙂

Talking of community spirit… I’m plumping up the cushions for another awesome blogger who’s gracing the virtual sofa today, as I’m deeeelighted to introduce you all to the gorgeous Sarah from Alisvolatpropriis. I swear, I’ve checked my spelling countless times & I fear I still have the name incorrect – apologies Sarah if I do!! Anyways, Sarah is a blossoming beauty & lifestyle blogger with a special place in her heart for pugs, pasta, her faith & of course beauty! The two of us would certainly get on well beyond the virtual realms – though I do have a soft spot for kittens, nevertheless a pug always manages to tug on my heart strings!

So if Sarah sounds like your kinda blog buddy too then make yourself comfy and get to know her that little bit better as we take a quick peek Behind The Blog

Ps: Don’t forget to pop over and give her blog a follow – she has some awesome posts you don’t wanna miss out on!

Sarah

In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog?

A lot of makeup & happiness!

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What inspired you to start blogging?

Simple answer: my friends. After having a few of them tell me that they would love reading a blog if I had one, I finally decided to create one. So thank you to my friends for pushing me (politely) because I love blogging!

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Tell us about your blog name… what made you decide on it?

I actually wanted to get this saying as a tattoo, it means “she flies with her own wings”. However, I have commitment issues and feared I would come to dislike something so permanent. So I thought a blog url instead would be a better idea. I also wanted my url to describe me, and being a very independent person, I found this saying to be very fitting.

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Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block & if so how do you overcome it?

Oh yes, all the time! If you’re someone who is always able to come up with ideas, I envy you! Usually when I’m stuck, I’ll read other blogs for inspiration or search blog post ideas on Pinterest. My number one fall back when writers block hits? A tag post!

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What’s your favourite post to date?

Oh goodness it’s kinda difficult to choose! A while back I wrote a post called a letter to my person, it is probably the most personal thing I have written to date and I genuinely enjoyed creating it!

http://alisvolatpropriss.com/2015/10/22/a-letter-to-my-person/

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Describe your everyday clothes style:

A lot of my friends claim that I am always dressed nicely, but I don’t always agree. I can be found in leggings 3-4 times a week (which I’m totally okay with). When I want to look a bit more “put together” my go to is a nice pair of skinny jeans, a blouse, and flats.

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What are your current top 3 beauty items?

In no particular order… Dr. Lin daily facial cleanser, Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer, and Too Faced Neutral Eyes matte palette the colors are so incredibly gorgeous and right up my alley!

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How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?

Eat my feelings haha! In all seriousness, it takes a lot to make me feel stressed but when I do I find that unplugging from technology and reading a good book or my bible always lifts up my spirits.

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Describe your ideal Saturday night:

I am a total homebody, so I am perfectly content with staying in and reading a multitude of blog posts or going on Tumblr. However, dinner and/or drinks from time to time with friends is always fun!

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What do you do to relax?

Take a long shower! And even though I don’t always like how time consuming it is, I find washing my face and using a mask to be really relaxing. We all deserve to care for and pamper ourselves, so spending time doing that always makes me calmer!

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Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

Spending the amounts of money that I do on makeup. I’m surprised my local Ulta store doesn’t know me by first name at this point! Also, biting my nails. I really need to stop doing that!

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What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

I have a lot but this is the first that came to mind: when I was younger, my brother would start school before me and so after he was dropped off, my dad would take me out to breakfast before taking me to school. I loved spending quality time with him and the strawberry waffles I always got weren’t bad either!

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What was your favourite school subject?

Until college it was either History or Science. In college though I took a lot of women’s studies classes (it was my minor) and ended up loving all of them, most likely because one of my favorite professors taught most of the classes I took!

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What’s your dream job?

Blogger. think that would be so fun, time consuming and challenging no doubt but totally enjoyable. I don’t think that will happen though (but I’ll keep  dreaming) my more realistic goal is to become a youth director of a church.

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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Hopefully living in my own home or apartment somewhere in Chicago would be amazing. Maybe with my dream guy ( eh romance and being sentimental) working at a job I love!

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What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

– traveling the world

– get front row tickets to see one of my favorite artists

– own a pug

– buy my dream home

– adopt a child (hopefully three!)

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What’s your biggest achievement to date?

Graduating college for sure!

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Who inspires you?

My mom! I could spend hours praising and thanking her for all that she’s done for me. She is truly my best friend!

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Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

I’m not sure if it’s inspirational, but a quote that I always keep in my mind and try to live by is ” if you can’t find a nice person, be one.”

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What top tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting their own blog?

Don’t pay attention to stats. Enjoying what you write about is more important than page views or follower count

Engage with other bloggers even if it’s simply a comment to tell them you enjoyed reading a post of theirs

Be consistent with uploading

Most importantly, be yourself!!

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = tea (ice tea preferably)

Coke or Pepsi = Pepsi

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = messy mayhem

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = cute kitten

Night In or Night Out = night in

Heels or Flats = flats

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = lip stick

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = pop princess

Paperback or E-book = paperback

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Contact Sarah:

Blog: http://www.alisvolatpropriss.com

Instagram: @alisvolatpropriisss ( 2 i’s and 3 s’s)

Twitter: @sarah_kathrynn (1 underscore and 2 n’s)

Tumblr: peacitivity.tumblr.com

Don’t forget: If you would like your blog featured on Behind The Blog then get in touch via the contact page by clicking *here*, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks so much for reading & of course do say hi in the comments below… we adore a good chatter here on Confetti & Curves :)

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